Within the first weeks after arriving in Magdeburg, you have to register your new place of residence with the local Citizens Office (“Bürgerbüro”). Only your passport (with the actual Visa) is needed for this registration. If you are married, you also need your marriage certificate in a German translation. You will receive a registration certificate (“Anmeldung”), which is an important document, so keep it save. You need this document for opening a bank account and applying for a residence permit. If you need help with this, the International Office will be happy to accompany you to the Office.
Any change of address during your time in Germany has to be re-registered. Before you leave Germany, you will have to officially cancel your registration (“Abmeldung”) in the local Citizens Office.